NEW YORK (AP) – Yoenis Cespedes (YOH’-eh-nis SES’-puh-dez) of the Oakland Athletics edged 20-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to win the 2013 Home Run Derby. Cespedes had nine homers in his final round to eight by Harper in the made-for-TV event that precedes the All-Star game.
(Flushing, NY) – The All-Star Game itself takes place tonight in New York. Detroit’s Max Scherzer [[ SURE-zer ]] starts for the American League, while the Mets’ Matt Harvey takes the mound in his home park for the National League. St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran will bat second for the National League in tonight’s All-Star game at New York’s Citi Field. NL manager Bruce Bochy announced his starting lineup yesterday. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will bat in the No. 6 spot. Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and closer Greg Holland are all American League reserves. The NL has won three straight.
(Kansas City, MO) – Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert will play the 2013 season on a one-year contract. The two sides failed to reach a multi-year agreement before yesterday’s deadline to sign franchised players long-term. Albert previously signed a one-year, 9.8-million-dollar tender. Negotiations cannot resume until after the season when Albert will be an unrestricted free agent.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his arrest last year for fighting. The Heisman Trophy winner admitted in court yesterday that he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation in June 2012. Prosecutors say Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.